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March sure has been one incredible month!
After having a small meltdown at the end of February at work, I started the month with a relaxing long weekend. It involved driving 3 hours south of Perth for a friends birthday beach party & of course, breakfast + lunch at an all time favourite, Samudra.
Then there was a music festival with big sis who was over from Dubai briefly & to end the long weekend nicely, a day of coaching a few girls with their health journey.
March was all about seeing friends. Whether it was a coastal walk, basketball game, lunch date, dinner date or an evening out. I made the most out of my days, fitting in lunch dates during the week wherever I could & evening catch ups over vegetarian feasts or juice. I can’t see all my friends though so there was a lot of skyping & phone calls with the NZ & east coast kids.
Mid March, there were 3 intensive days where I was stretched more than I thought was possible. Since then, there’s been a lot of changes & priorities have changed slightly. I’ve placed more emphasis on my health & fitness because even though my career is going towards the health side of things, the first half of March was spent way out of balance with everything else going on.
So looking back over the last 2 weeks, I’m extremely happy with the mix of things. There’s been lots of stretching time (air yoga & mat work), as many weight sessions as I can fit in (I’m slightly obsessed with my newly developed muscles!) as well as property inspections, coaching, friend catch ups & quiet time.
I’d say the biggest theme for the month of March was saying yes to (nearly) everything. Yes to a last minute coaching course in March and then June & August as well. Yes to a last minute Sydney trip mid April. Yes to a getaway in a few months (can’t say when just yet) and ‘Yes’ to people in general.
Here’s to the second quarter of 2014 & no doubt it’ll be a good one judging by the last 3 months!
I may be a little late on this list BUT it’s a list too good not to share!
Found on the TED blog, below are the top 20 most watched talks of 2013:
- Sir Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity (2006): 23,510,221 views
- Jill Bolte Taylor‘s stroke of insight (2008): 14,343,197
- Simon Sinek on how great leaders inspire action (2010): 14,228,854
- Brene Brown talks about the power of vulnerability (2010): 12,703,623
- Amy Cuddy on how your body language shapes who you are (2012): 12,682,694
- Pranav Mistry on the thrilling potential of SixthSense (2009): 12,068,105
- Tony Robbins asks why we do what we do (2006): 10,425,014
- David Gallo‘s underwater astonishments (2007): 10,266,221
- Mary Roach on 10 things you didn’t know about orgasm (2009): 9,435,954
- Daniel Pink on the surprising science of motivation (2009): 9.176,053
- Pattie Maes and Pranav Mistry demo SixthSense (2009): 8, 363,339
- Dan Gilbert asks: Why are we happy? (2004): 7,788,151
- Hans Rosling shows the best stats you’ve ever seen (2006): 7,685,726
- Elizabeth Gilbert on nurturing your creative genius (2009): 7,593,076
- Steve Jobs on how to live before you die (2005): 7,223,258
- Susan Cain shares the power of introverts (2012): 6,807,240
- Keith Barry does brain magic (2004): 6,371,778
- David Blaine reveals how he held his breath for 17 minutes (2010): 6,359,084
- Pamela Meyer on how to spot a liar (2010): 6,256,589
- Arthur Benjamin does mathemagic (2005): 4,951,918
With that, time to get watching!
This year has been incredible so far. In particular two weekends to date: long weekend in Brisbane in February for the Live Out Loud conference & the previous 3 days as part of the Team Mastery (NLP Coaching) seminar with Calvin Coyles.
I went into the 3 day seminar wanting to learn a few new skills that could help me, those close to me & also any current or future clients as part of my wellness coaching. Half way through Day 2, after going over a few techniques, in particular values and conflicts of values, I realised the biggest thing holding me back in life was so much bigger than I realised (first moment of clarity).
Then on Day 3, we got even deeper, going into more neuro-linguistic programming & then it was transformation time where we partnered up with someone in the room & we practiced what we had learnt over the last 3 days. And you know what the crazy thing was? The partner we all ended up with was so right for our breakthrough that everyone in the room experienced a breakthrough moment. All 20 of us.
So not only did I learn a lot of valuable techniques and skills that can help myself and those around me, I also experienced two breakthrough moments over the 3 days that made my thinking so much clearer come Sunday night. I got clarity on my priorities, my values and my direction for the rest of 2014.
Would love to know; What personal development courses have you been to? Which ones have you enjoyed?
I purchased the domain name ‘annaventures.com’ back in May 2012. I was half way through my degree and approaching winter break, thinking five weeks off uni would be the perfect time to launch my dot com. One little thing though…timing. It just wasn’t right. I wasn’t feeling the best physically or mentally and so I quickly abandoned the domain name and carried on with my degree and life.
Fast forward November 2013. I just finished my last exam & hopped on a plane to Melbourne with Tim Ferriss’s book in hand. I’ve been umm’ing and arrr’ing about Melbourne for a few years. The cafes, the laneways, the history, the proximity to the other states. There’s so much I love about Melbourne so every time I come back to Perth, it’s like a ticking time bomb in my head, “Perth or Melbourne?”
So having read Tim Ferriss’s book, ‘The 4 hour work week’, I felt like I didn’t absorb it like I should have because before long, I was back on the east coast and then in New Zealand for a few weeks before coming back to Perth & getting stuck into my property license. It wasn’t until I had a conversation with a somewhat stranger in Brisbane in February 2014 that everything clicked together.
I don’t have to choose between Perth and Melbourne. Or Perth and Auckland. Or Auckland and California. Because lets face it, my heart has been scattered across far too many locations to call just ONE city “home”.
And in true Anna style, it’s all come together very quickly. When I am so, so certain about something, I will go out of my way to make it happen. So what can you expect from this blog from today onwards? that I can’t answer right now. But just know, I have declared my intentions to the Universe and I’m SO ready for all the changes to come.
Two days before my property license reports were due for submission last week, I walked into my boss’s office & said I was quitting. It may come as a total shock to most but it’s been a long time coming. I had a leaving date set for end of November (one year after graduating) and then I moved it forward to August 2014 and then it sort of hit me; why not now?
I love property; I love going through the inner city apartments; I love meeting all the lovely agents, tenants and owners and all the wacky ones in between; I love doing my investigation work for those times when things just don’t add up; I love being in the city; I love having no two same days; and most importantly, I love the people in my office.
But that spark & that passion for what I do went away for a while. I tried to bring it back, I tried to push through it & I also tried to ignore that tug on the shirt sleeve but there was no denying it. Getting up for work was a struggle & I felt drained.
Maybe suddenly announcing I wanted to quit was a little over the top (dramatic is in fact, my middle name) but it sure brought action forward. Because when I really thought about it, the biggest reason I wanted to quit was because of the lack of time I have with my job. Working 8-6:30pm with a lunch break considered a rare occurrence, and the reports on top of it this year got a little too much.
So walking into my boss’s office, I was like, “here’s my resignation” but what I didn’t expect was for him to refuse it. I guess, sometimes I forget just how AMAZING my boss & my old boss really are. I got some time to think about it and some options too. Options I didn’t think were available but options that far outweigh what I had in mind, post resignation.
Long story short, the spark is finally back. And the most incredible thing? because I opened up to my work about the new business I’ve started this year, they have encouraged me to go for it & want me to do well in it (say what?)
Crazy what happens when you open up huh!
So for now, my life will be a juggling act but hasn’t it always been that way?